Molly's Kids

Molly’s Kids: Gaston County 8-year-old dies from brain tumor DIPG

We met him as one of our September #MollysKids. This calm, kind Gaston County boy smiled throughout our entire Christmas party here at WBTV.

#MollysKids: Vance High School student has bone marrow transplant TODAY

Molly’s Kids: Preston Cope is the only child in the world with these two conditions

Molly’s Kids: A miracle in Kings Mountain named Corben Elmore

Molly’s Kids: New diagnosis for Zander Brafford; also still some mysteries.

Molly’s Kids: Welcome to the House of Hearts and Hope!

Molly’s Kids: Enzo Price has a bone marrow transplant

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Julia Teamer is 102, and a breast cancer survivor still going strong

Molly’s Kids: Memorial fundraiser for Connor

#MollysKids William Beazley with an unnamed genetic syndrome

Molly’s Kids: Lukas Brown with pediatric kidney disease

#MollysKids: Chloe Morris with tuberous sclerosis

#MollysKids: Abigale Reilley Smuda with HAE

Welcome Chapin Donaldson. One of our newest #MollysKids living with leukemia

Two-year-old Chapin was diagnosed in July of 2017 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) - a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

Molly’s Kids: Addison Martinez with rare genetic mutations

Imagine living with the flu, everyday, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Those are the kind of symptoms Addison Martinez lives with. This 6-year-old from Harmony, is the newest one of our #MollysKids.

#MollysKids: Gavin Bryson from Gaston County has a big summer ahead

Look at Gavin Bryson. Last time we had an update on him, he was getting Carolina Panthers tickets on Christmas Eve from one of you guys who had kindly donated them to #MollysKids. Now he’s 11 years old and has been off his chemo for a month without any tumor regrowth.

  Molly’s Kids: Christopher Teems goes to the beach because of you guys

After lots of quiet behind-the-scene coordination – much of it on the shoulders of the generous donor who wanted to keep herself anonymous – it all worked out.

#MollysKids: Eva Bailey from Rock Hill - seeing the ‘light at the end of the Leukemia tunnel’

Molly’s Kids: Lincoln County Deputies help Landen Johnson in a surprise day

Molly’s Kids: Adam Kincaid fighting cancer that has fewer than 100 cases, worldwide

  Molly’s Kids: A free beach week condo for Christopher Teems!

Molly’s Kids: Enzo Price, his rare cancer and a family looking for some love

  Molly’s Kids: Today Ally Davis gets her transplant

Molly’s Kids: Now determined - Remington Simmons has two genetic mutations

Now confirmed: sweet 8-month-old Remington Simmons in Gastonia has two genetic mutations. Her older sister Jaclyn was also tested, and has one.

Molly’s Kids: Christopher Teems brain tumor takes turn for the worse

This week they got word his nasty DIPG brain tumor – diagnosed last year – has grown. Doctors took him off his chemo pills. It was also decided if he did more radiation, it’d do more harm than good.

Meet the newest one of our Molly’s Kids: A 13-month old in Gaston County

“I’d love to tell you the story of our little girl,” Brooke Spence said from her home in Mount Holly.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Fletcher. Six years old. Lincoln County.

Fletcher is a sweet, spunky 6-year-old who lives in Denver, in Lincoln County.

Molly’s Kids: Jasmine Love has new college plans... and thank you to everyone who has tried to help

A Gaston County pediatric cancer survivor looking for scholarships wasn’t looking for outright money. She’d been accepted and was instead wanting links for scholarships aimed at aiding cancer-surviving kids who have overcome obstacles.

Molly’s Kids: Ally’s stem cell transplant update

Ally is waiting for a scan of everything, from her head to sinuses, heart, lungs, all the way down to her kidneys. Later this month she’ll be back at Levine Children’s for 8 straight days of high-dose chemotherapy. She has also been getting her stem cells harvested, for a stem cell transplant that w

Family of one #MollysKids helps another

Two Saturdays ago I wrote about a little girl just two days old. Livi Sigmon. Her older brother, Luke, had been one of our #MollysKids. Way down in the post I mentioned that Luke/Livi's mom had started a Foundation in Luke's memory.

Molly’s Kids: New surgery for cerebral palsy helps Lincoln County 3-year-old

Gage Boyles was premature in part because he lacked oxygen, which ultimately ended up causing a mild form of cerebral palsy. He recently received what his mom calls a "life-changing" surgery.

Molly’s Kids: Colin’s last day of treatment!

You guys know what ringing the bell means… Colin Case is done!

Molly’s Kids: Luke Hamilton in Lancaster County, has lupus

“Good morning Molly,I have been following your fabulous kids for several years and am in awe of each of their stories."

Molly’s Kids: Aurora Jayne has a syndrome you probably can’t pronounce

This 6-year-old is a “daddy’s girl” who lives in Lincolnton and has a great name – Aurora Jayne.

Molly’s Kids: Leland Christman - great news!

Last week this Clover, SC boy was declared five years cancer-free. As any family who has ever dealt with cancer knows, the five-year mark is HUGE."We cried happy tears as we heard, 'This is your last appointment with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Team,'" said mom Leanne.

Molly’s Kids: Shhhhh!! No one has seen this picture of Ally Davis yet in her gown

Shhhhhhh!! No one has seen Ally Davis’s gown yet. This is what she'll wear Friday IF she can go to the gala for her “Student of the Year Charlotte” campaign.

Molly’s Kids: #TakesMyBreathAway 2019

This precious little girl would be 22 years old today.

Molly’s Kids: World Rare Disease Day is February 28th

"Rare Disease Awareness. It starts with a wish... It can end with a cure."

Molly’s Kids: Ally Davis relapses with her cancer battle

Since the day Ally was first diagnosed with cancer in 2016, she has been rallying every other child she ever came across to make sure they knew they weren’t alone.

Molly’s Kids: Yet another case of the rare Ehlers Danlos in our area...

12-year-old Serenidy Bush is the 6th child in our area that we know of who was diagnosed with the supposedly “rare” Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

Molly’s Kids: New local charity to help kids born with terminal illnesses in spirit of sweet girl

This might be a tough picture to see, but this precious baby girl is from Concord, in Cabarrus County. She had an inoperable brain tumor so big that this is how her sweet skull looked four days before she passed.

Molly’s Kids: Hickory’s Miracle Child, Gabriel Revis, is 4 years old!

Happy 4th Birthday to this little miracle, Gabriel Revis.

Molly’s Kids: Granite Falls teen Allison Hodge dies of Leukemia.

Allison became one of our #MollysKids in 2015. We first featured her when there was controversy about whether she was allowed to be a cheerleader for her Granite Falls middle school.

Molly’s Kids: Allie sees JT

Allie McDaniels had a blast Sunday night in Raleigh with JT.

Molly’s Kids: Elizabeth Brooks, still in treatment but no longer needs to travel to St. Jude

Interesting update from 16-year-old Elizabeth Brooks.

  The best Christmas party in Charlotte Friday happened right in our WBTV News building!

As a special gift for these families, Chanda Pope of Photography By Chanda based out of Huntersville, comes and takes hundreds of photos, then donates all the pictures to the families.

Molly’s Kids: Ethan Parlier loses his battle with Ewing’s sarcoma

You know we tell the good, the bad and the always real. This one is tough. Email from Ethan Parlier’s mom, one of our September #MollysKids this year.

Molly’s Kids: Jayden Burris lives with Albinism. Never heard of it? Read on

He lives with Albanism, which means he lacks pigmentation in his skin, hair and eyes. It has also left him legally blind with 20/200 vision in both of his eyes.

Molly Kids: 1-year-old Patience Bradley lives with a rare birth defect; her mom is looking to connect with others

Patience Bradley’s mom wrote an email from the hospital.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Jase. A 3-month-old fighter in Clover, SC.

Jase McCarter is one tough 3-month-old.

Molly’s Kids: Concord 5-year-old doing great after brain surgery

Colin's last round of chemo is the week before Christmas. He has a month off before starting 30 rounds of radiation next year. Mom Stacy says he's doing really well -- a recent MRI showed NO tumor.

Molly’s Kids: Born at 1lb, Jorien Howell is now 13-years-old and beating odds

Jorien Howell has been fighting for his life since the day he entered this world at 1lb, 8oz. He was born at 24-and-a-half weeks. His mom, Jory Fox, is as proud as proud could be.

12-year-old Seattle Seahawks fan has a blast at Panthers game; tickets donated to #MollysKids

You might not recognize 12-year-old Dakota Roseborough. Since first featuring him as one of our #MollysKids two years ago, he looks wildly more mature. See for yourself. Compare then »» to now.

Molly’s Kids: See Gracy Nelson in the Thanksgiving Day Parade later today

It was a year ago this week when this spunky wheelchair-bound basketball player who lives in Lenoir first became part of #MollysKids.

Molly’s Kids: An unlikely friendship in Concord

This video shows an unlikely friendship, that's a great story.

Molly’s Kids: Christopher Teems doing well; waits of MRI

Christopher is 7-years old. He lives in Stanley with his 70-year-old grandmother and has DIPG, the nastiest of nasty incurable brain tumors.

10-year-old girl teaches neighborly love, while having secret of her own

In what goes above and beyond being just a good neighbor, Kennedy has taken it upon herself to research what Abigail lives with and goes through on a daily basis.

Molly’s Kids: Meet 8-year-old Andrew Higgins

Andrew Higgins, 8, who enjoys video games, writing stories, and comics was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Molly’s Kids: Baby Khailini... Learning to live with Down Syndrome

Molly's Kids: Baby Khailini... Learning to live with Down Syndrome

Molly’s Kids: Thanks to Charlotte firefighter, #MollysKids at Panthers game today

Mia -- a student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools -- organized a presentation for her elementary school about Hunters Syndrome.

Molly’s Kids: Emmalee Speigle, a ‘social butterfly’ overcoming obstacles

Here's 10-year-old Emmalee Speigle. She's showing the world that an "illness" doesn't define you.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Kalel DaMan Joseph

But here’s the good news: The families who have little boys living with this rare disease are a ferocious bunch. They’re mobilized and are on a mission to raise $2.5-million.

  Molly’s Kids: The Rock Is Invited to this NC Wedding...

The Rock is invited to this NC wedding

Molly’s Kids: October is Dwarfism Awareness Month. Meet Mason Coffey.

"He has the heart of a servant and is story is worth sharing," Neal said.

26-year-old pregnant Gaston County woman fighting for her life

While at church in Stanley, Savanna suffered a major brain bleed.

New 2019 Charlotte Childhood Cancer Calendar

Creator Marianna Furrer reached out because several #MollysKids are featured. She says she takes pictures “as a hobby” and has a daughter who battled Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Molly’s Kids: Brooke’s Roundup, this Saturday, October 20th

Brooke Cockerline's memory will live strong this weekend.

Remembering Jace Thompson in candlelight vigil

Jace was the first child we featured with our September #MollysKids. He’d been in a tough battle with DIPG.

September 30 >> Prayers for Elijah

Elijah Aschbrenner was only 9 years old when diagnosed with Epithelioid Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

September 28 » Taking matters into her own hands

Mother Rae Copp created a support group on Facebook for parents and guardians with a child who is battling pediatric cancer.

SEPTEMBER 27th >> Best Buddies

Parker is now 10-years old and in the fifth grade at Ida Rankin Elementary School in Mount Holly. He still talks about Lance.

September 26th >> Football Kicker Dedicates Season to Kids

Isaac Riffle kicks for cancer. Sept. 26 Molly's Kid.

September 25th » Hickory Hats

A knit hat worn on Liliane Burge was made by a group of elementary school students in Hickory.

  SEPTEMBER 24 >> Tiny Princess in a Big-Hearted Town

This is the sweet girl who we surprised over the summer with a Minnie Mouse meet-and-greet. If you don’t remember that, a link to the video is at the bottom of this post.

SEPTEMBER 23 >> Christopher Teems (#MollysKids)

Oh, this breaks a heart. 7-year-old Christopher Teems is yet another one of our #MollysKids this month living with DIPG.

September 22nd >> Isabella. First Name Only.

Isabella Santos had an orphan cancer with 40% chance of survival, was diagnosed at the age of two, relapsed five times in five years and ultimately died at 7 years old.

  September 21 >> Alex Bogran/Coffee (#MollysKids)

Alex’s journey led the family to launch a foundation and an online coffee shop.

September 20 >> Rainbow Camp (#MollysKids)

Iredell County's Camp Rainbow helps kids learn to grieve. All the campers have lost a loved one, and all attend for free.

September 19 » Can’t wait to get home

Lilyanna is an itty-bitty little thing taking strong poisons to kill her cancer. Since our most recent update on her in March, she’s received 19 rounds of proton radiation, 5 rounds of busulfan chemo, several oral medications AND a bone marrow transplant.

September 18th » Firefighter John

So he’s 22. Not exactly a “kid”. But after getting diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma late last year – a rare bone cancer most common in children and young adults – John Latham has had a rough go of it.

  September 17 » You’ve come a long way, baby

#MollysKids Greyson Stephens is battling Ewing Sarcoma and was the youngest person ever to receive a hemiglossectomy.